The Follies of Planning For Fall Travel
When it comes to dealing with the future of the airlines, the joys (or hassles) of air travel, and the menacing details of planning for far-off travel dates – we are all in the same boat. That’s right even I, who work in the travel biz, am too at the mercy of the airlines and their flight schedules.
*photo by Howard Ruby
And this is why I’m finding it hard to actually pull the trigger and book my flights for a Polar Bear expedition in Canada this fall. I mean, what if the route I book is one of the routes axed? How will I get there? And it’s not like this is a trip to Orlando where there are tons of other options. If this flight doesn’t go, to put it bluntly, I’m screwed. After all, this is my husband’s 40th birthday trip – if this doesn’t happen what will I do? The trip is non-refundable.
Like many of you, I’m worried. But I’m still going to book. I’m hopeful that the flight will be there. Although I’m going to take a few precautions…just in case. As soon we pass Labor Day, I’ll start checking on my flight periodically (I’ll try not to do it daily, maybe just weekly) to be on the lookout for any schedule changes. I’m also looking into where else I can fly into and whether or not I can drive or train, how long it would take, what it would cost – just in case the plans are foiled. I’m determined not to let what’s happening in the industry totally wreck my travel plans.
Hopefully a little extra planning will help you too.
My name: Amy is my name, but I'll answer to Ame, Ames or Aimee.
How I earn my keep: My beat is travel, but my passion is collecting stories from people I meet on the road.
Hotel I could move into: Must I pick only one?! The Palacio Duhau a Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires tops my list. For the stunning restoration of the palace and tasteful new tower that create a thoughtful intersection of old and new. Every public and private space captivates. I'd move for the grand Alvear entry as much as for the manicured garden. For the wine and cheese tastings, the dulce de leche, the art gallery, the flower shop and for all the careful attention to detail that went into creating a hotel that is transcendent. If I were to pick a hotel that most felt like me, it would be The Inn at the Manor in the Cotswolds. Oh, I could definitely live there curled up with a book in a leather chair in the bar or outside among the English wildflowers. If I wanted to live in a land far away, the Ngoro Ngoro Crater Lodge would make a unique home with a view of the crater floor from every room (including the loo!), sumptuous beds, endless roses and the most unusual neighbors - massive water buffalo who won't bother you if you stay close to your Maori guide.
If I won the lottery, I'd live in: A historic farmhouse with an enormous barn and hundreds of acres tucked into a small town in New England or a Malibu beach house with stunning views and the surf just steps away. On second thought, winning the lottery means I could jet from coast to coast and enjoy them both.
Favorite way to get around: By foot. Whether in the city or country, I find the best way to get to know someplace is ambling around to discover and sample the distinct sights, sounds, smells, and tastes a place has to offer.
View that took my breath away: Looking toward the sky in Arusha and watching black and white Colobus monkeys scramble among the treetops, jumping from one tree to the next, floating through the sky like a primate version of Superman. Monkeys know how to have a good time!
My most beloved place in the whole world is: The place I visited last. What can I say? I'm fickle.
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